Wink and Nod
Wink and Nod

Wink and Nod

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.winkandnod.com/
  • Phone: (617) 482-0117
  • Hours of Operation:
    Nightly: 5:00pm - 2:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Josh Lewin of Bread and Salt
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Tremont St.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Valet Available
A word from Wink and Nod
Bread & Salt at Wink & Nod is a unique establishment partnering Wink & Nod's fully scratch craft cocktail program with Chef Josh Lewin's Bread & Salt crafting innovative takes on globally inspired cuisine and culture aiming to give our guests the best of both worlds. Here you will find creative bar snacks, exciting appetizers, and unique dishes like Bread & Salt's signature hand rolled pasta with foraged mushrooms, curry leaf oil and heirloom basils. Our bar is fully stocked with fine and rare spirits, ranging from house infused vodkas and cordials, a well consisting of all local distillers, and $100 cocktail using saffron infused ingredients imported from France exclusively for Wink & Nod. Our dynamic dining room offers casual seating at and around the bar, a quiet fine dining setting, as well as a luxurious lounge area to enjoy your drinks and late-night menu served until

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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerLate Night Find
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked 1000-Point Tables
Wink and Nod reviews from OpenTable diners
63 reviews since July 23, 2014
Overall Rating3.6
  • Food3.4
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
70% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
vibrant bar scene (34)fit for foodies (28)neighborhood gem (21)hot spot (19)special occasion (16)late-night find (16)romantic (15)good for groups (10)notable wine list (2)kid-friendly (1)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Great spot for drinks
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Such a great spot! Great alcohol menu. Our food was delicious. My only caviat is that the portions were small, so make sure to get an appetizer if you're hungry! :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SteelMagnolia
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Food and service were excellent. Just too noisy for conversation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Identity crisis.
    viaggiatore22
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Food was very good, but, rated the overall experience as only "fair". Restaurant itself suited to friends getting together in a high end bar setting with great bar food. Not a destination for dinner with friends sharing nice conversation. Loud, noisy setting. Sercice just ok, felt rushed (one of our friends finished her dinner first and they wisked her plate away while the rest of us were still eating). Will not return.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wink and Nod
    PammyVIP
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    We had a fabulous dinner at Wink and Nod. The service was excellent and our server Zoe was pleasant, attentive an very knowledgeable about the menu. She made you want to order everything! The crafted cocktails were delicious, the food was FABULOUS and I would definitely return to this South End Gem! This dinner was a special birthday celebration and it was a nice touch to receive a beverage from the restaurant so we could have a toast for our celebration.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious!
    TeachVIP
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Eat here! Very quiet early on Halloween night and we loved our cozy round table in the corner for 4. I very much enjoyed everything I ate. The cauliflower 4 ways, the brussel sprouts and the monkfish were delicious. I especially loved the tagliatelle - the pasta was delicate with scrumptious flavors from the pumpkin and mushrooms. I'm ready to go back right now and order it again. The bottle of Stag's Leap chardonnay we ordered was also surprisingly good. Next time I'll get one of the mixed drinks just to change it up a bit. We appreciated that our server didn't mind that we sat and chatted even when we were done eating - it was still early....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Beat expectations
    Hank
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    The reviews both on Open Table and Yelp have been very mixed. My friends and I visited pre-theatre and were impressed. Lovely space although very dark (for us old folks who can't read the menu). The server was delightful and knowledgeable. Drinks were outstanding (loved the Old Queen). Our meals were very good and we tried a mix of stuff. My pork was cooked perfectly and although a bit pricey it was a very nice evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun speak easy style restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Great drinks, good food. TONS of brands of alcohol, right up my alley. Just opened so I had to try it out. Brought a date there and it was a great spot for it. I would expect the menu to change regularly but since I have only been once I cannot comment on that yet. Overall good experience
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Interesting Concept that falls flat
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    The idea that wink&nod is an incubator of sorts for different kitchens (on a 6 month rotations) is interesting and commendable however the food (on this rotation) just wasn't up to the same level as the drinks and service. The entree portion for the chicken was just slightly larger than what one would expect for an appetizer (if you order an entree you need to order some sides too but that was not communicated to us) the pasta was about the correct size but it was all stuck together in a ball. Some of the flavors were spot on (lobster curry) others were limp (mushroom consommé) and they were already out of several dishes by 8:00. Go for the drinks and a snack but don't waste your time on an actual meal.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great atmosphere
    AndreaVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    The ambiance and decor is really cool. Delicious cocktails. Our server was top notch. We had several apps and the small plates. Only complaint was that they are super small-definitely 'tasting" plates! All in all a fun night!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AGMM
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    I love the ambiance in this place...great "speakeasy" vibe. Food is spectacularly prepared, although portions are small relative to price. Our server was attentive and very sweet, but at times it felt like she was trying too hard.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ugh
    EBostonFoodieVIP
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    I ate at Wink and Nod almost six months ago and LOVED it. Black pasta, kale salad, everything was amazing. I come now with a friend and ordered 6 different dishes (apps, sides, main courses, dessert) and literally thought everything was bland and boring. I was so so disappointed and won't be coming back. So hit or miss apparently.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wanted to love
    DoubleDVIP
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Food was very subpar Wanted to love it, but nothing met expectations and the portions were hysterically small. It's like they watched a movie about fancy fare and tried to recreate. Swing and a miss
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Night in Boston
    Goranos56VIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    What a night , from the bar list of specialty drinks and the menu of small and large plates , excellent, the marinated a choices and tea cured salmon amazing, the poached curry leaf monkfish and the pork and clams , perfectly balanced flavours and portion sizes , we'll see you again Wink and Nod with family in tow, Cheers !!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great drinks, small food
    JessVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Cocktails were great, atmosphere was really cool and fun. We did entrees and they were shockingly small, particularly the chicken, which was not nearly large enough to satisfy a petite woman. The server did not warn us of the small portion sizes, so we ordered sides after the fact. Delicious food, but small and pricey. I'd stick to the drinks.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Variable experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    The restaurant and bar are lovely to look at and our server was pleasant but she didn't really want to know about the quality of the food. The drinks were too expensive ($14 for a glass) and the food was unevenly seasoned. The tomato salad was in need of salt and the peach corn desert filled my mouth with black pepper. When I told the second server that when asked about how the desert was, her reply was "yes, the pastry chef likes using savory elements in her desert." Savory elements in desert are interesting and fine, of course, but not when they are all in packed into a single bite. We were the only diners which is why the noise level was quiet but, I imagine, that the attractive bar could get very lively on other nights.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Tiny Bland Food
    laste828VIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    This place serves tiny, bland food. The portions are tapa size, but are served as entrees. There is apparently no salt or pepper in the kitchen. The bar is beautiful and vibrant. Stick to this place for drinks.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good for drinks.
    cfh1VIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    This is definitely a place to go for drinks. Great atmosphere. The wine list, on the the other hand, left something to be desired, just 5 reds and 5 whites - the same by the bottle or the glass. The service was first rate. Our server knew the menu quite well and made some good recommendations. The beef tartare was the best thing on the mene. It was a generous portion and included some fried juniper berries and (I think) some mushrooms. It was accompanied by some delicious home-made potato chips. The rest of the meal was OK. The "Cauliflower Four Ways" was attractively prepared and had some interesting ingredients, including a sous vide-egg but was surprisingly bland. The Quail special was tasty but way too salty.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    The appetizers were on the smaller side, and the food took a very long time to come out.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delightful
    Sonja
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We came to have drinks to celebrate a birthday, and we ended up having an outstanding meal. We shared several of the small starters. All were very good; the peaches with honey, the cauliflower, and the house-made sausage were our favorites because of the interesting mix of flavors, spices, and textures. Our entrees, especially the mushroom tagliatelle and the roasted quail, were outstanding. We never expected to find such high-end food in a cocktail lounge. If you go for dinner, be sure to sit outside the bar area, where the seating arrangements are comfortable and quiet enough for conversation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Avoid
    IdaBN
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Worst dining experience in boston. The waitress was embarrssed but managements response was lackluster.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Hopeful
    Hopeitgetsbetter
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We had 8pm reservations, but did not receive our entrees until 10pm. When they came all 5 different dishes had overly strong salt and pepper seasoning. The apps read well on paper, but present less favorably. The service tried to make for it, but this restaurant needs some time to work things out. Finally, the valet service locked the keys in the car.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Out of everything
    Disappointed
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We had reservations for 8pm. Everything we wanted to order was already sold out by 9pm. If it weren't a late night spot, it would be more easily understood. But being open late night, it made no sense. The tall drinks weren't as tasty as the coupe drinks. I ordered a vodka and tequila tall drink, both left a lot to be desired. Service was great!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Although all the food tasted very good, some of the portions were incredibly small for the price. Particularly, the peaches with ricotta for $14. In addition, we never received bread because they were out of bread and our meal took almost an hour to come out. Our waitress was great but the overall service was just slow. The drinks are excellent. Would return for drinks, but probably not again for dinner.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • enjoy the drinks and skip the food
    andy
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    The cocktails are amazing and creative, and the bar list is extensive. I also really loved the ambiance, with the comfy chairs and speakeasy feel. But that's where the good things end. They've recently turned over their kitchen staff, and I was really underwhelmed by the food. It was the first week of their "new" kitchen, and it really felt like they were trying to hard. The food was overpriced, over salted, and undersized. With the price tag, I had high expectations, and was disappointed. Maybe if everything was 2/3rd the price, I'd be more likely to go back for food. p.s -- How does a place that opened this spring need to replace their entire kitchen already?
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Comme Ci Comme Ca
    KimbaVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Cocktails were what we have come to expect from the Boston bar scene but the bartenders had an attitude and it was not very friendly. Food is inventive but sizes were all over the place so ask your server for recommendations. For example, the steak frites is a child's plate while the snack bowl of brussels sprout is a soup bowl. Would go back for drinks and a snack but won't rush back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 38 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.9
    • Food3.7
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 23 reviews are from the Wink and Nod reviews archive.
  • Wink & Nod- 2 Thumbs Up
    LuckyGuy
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Food was great. Small plates to share. Try as many as you like-all are excellent. Chef Jeremy came to our table and told us a few cooking tips. Very Nice of him to do that.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lovemyfood
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Great cocktails & delicious food with a fun presentation.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Underground gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    The food at this bar is more than just pub food. The chef is incredibly inventive and the favors are definitely there!
    Special Features:
    late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A B-day to remember
    Bboy
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Celebrated a B-day recently with friends. The entire staff combined to make this a memorable night. Our server Red was awesome and acted as our guide throughout the evening. Chef Jeremy created an impressive lineup of courses that married a spot on cocktail pairing. Could not have asked for a better overall experience. I’m forgetting names but everyone from the doorman/hostesses/bartenders/ Red and Chef Jeremy pulled out all the stops to make the night. Thanks all – the B-day boy
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amanda
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Food was great, impressive. Service was VERY slow - seemed like they were forgetting about us many times, and they were out of a few of the more interesting menu items. Regardless, we were very please with everything we ordered, and they were apologetic about the lack of attentiveness.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • paul
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    great service excellent food though the menu was quite limited so would predict some people would be unhappy.The ease of tasting a wider selection was appealing. We ate somewhat early and so had no nice to deal with.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So close.....
    SouthEndRutlandVIP
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    This is a fun, unique spot. Tucked away out of sight, there is a sense of discovering something special when you enter their space. The decor is classy and the bar area and lounge area are inviting. That's the good news. The bad news is that the noise level is VERY high. They crank loud, metal music which clashes with the "classy" aspect of the decor. Many of the tables are high tops and booths, and it is not comfortable seating. We have gone twice; both times service was uneven and there was a sense of disorganization. This place has the potential to be that "hidden gem" you delight in introducing to friends. But for now, it is loud, not comfortable, and service is uneven. With work they can move to a better rating.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Spot
    Tracy
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Remembering it as the old Icarus and Noche' they did a great job with the room and the food is outstanding, But have learned that the chef's have signed on for only a year hope they can replace them Untill then enjoy
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food!
    hrainVIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Great restaurant. Had duck fat potato skins, oysters, and squid ink pasta - all very good, particularly the latter!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • an odd experience...
    chuckmac07VIP
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    on the plus side: nicely-prepared food, interesting menu & a chef who took the time to come out and ask us how we were doing on the challenging side: a personality-less greeter, a menu oriented toasted red meat & fat, a dark/lounge-like setting and furniture, no coffee or tea (they can't boil water for tea?!) and most bizarre: a server who visited us every 3 minutes, who kept telling us everything is delicious & hand made (it was), who kept re-arranging our table layout and who basically hovered & intruded throughout the dinner i voted "no" above, but this place is new so hopefully they'll work out the kinks, get new staff or better train the current team, and keep the food quality, because it WAS very good.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Exquisite
    Ancelis
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Great food, fun drinks. Great ambience. Professional, and knowledgeable staff.
    Special Features:
    romantic, late-night find
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pure elegance
    Kash925
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    I love this place! Like stepping into a speakeasy, you are instantly transported to a place where cool things happen. The food also is unlike anything else, inventive but still staying crave able. A must go!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Late-Night Find, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wink , don't nod
    SouthenderVIP
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Wanted to try new spot in neighborhood, despite the fact we heard portions were tiny. They were fine if you understood this was a "small plate" place. However the menu was extremely limited and not faithful to the one posted on line. They had already run out of things by 8:30 on Saturday night. What we had was good and fresh, partucularly the cauliflower and the black pasta. Despite the fact that it is essentially a lounge and has a drink list that takes up several pages, there was not an oaky Chardonnay by the glass, nor did they have onions for my husband's drink. The restaurant is way overpriced. YWe paid 150 for 6 small plates and one drink each including tip. We could have eaten at a fine restaurant for that price.
    Special Features:
    Late-Night Find, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Eclectic speakeasy feel
    Gaz1
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Booked a party of five guys. First table just wouldn't fit us (LOL) a circular booth by the bar... Host immediately changed us to a larger booth in the back restaurant.no argument or fuss!! Service was great (thanks Red!!)...Food was good!! Drinks were good!! Small plates, tapas style... Definitely in the upper $$$. Go plan to have a good time and worry less about the bill...
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Unique addition to the neighborhood
    BonChicVIP
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    I've been to this local when it was "Noche", Wink and Nod has used the space brilliantly, opening up the dining area to the bar and making you feel like you are part of bar scene while dining. Menu has daily changes and drink list is fun! Service was great and the food was delicious. Worth checking out.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, Late-Night Find, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate